sunday wrap-up

Insane weekend.  Seriously… this past weekend has been INSANE.

1.  I spent Thursday and Friday running around participating in Capital Cupcake Camp promos.  Awesome Fun.

My Friday evening @ The Whalesbone was canceled.  Charlotte had Arctic Andrew and another guy (Elliot) in to see how they did… so I got the night off… and spent it enjoying sundaes with loads of friends (seriously… Deb and Handsome Ransom showed up… plus the girls and then Platonic Jeff)… in the end I enjoyed the chowder and then ran downstairs to make sundaes for my friends!  :0)

2.  Saturday morning errands… as in wedding cake delivery.  This required that I head down to my favourite Barhaven location (Emily’s house) and grab a  simply decorated large slab of lemon cake and a beautifully decorated small 2 tiered marble cake.  Sweet. Then back downtown to deliver to our client.  Done & Done!


3.  Host a baby shower.  Yep.  Gigi’s (remember – she gets me the sweet parking spots at Loblaws) shower was yesterday afternoon.  I was hosting.  Which meant lots of baking on Friday.  Lots of baking. My blog on that to come… :0)

4.  My mom was visiting.  I heart visits from my mom.  I heart that she drives down to visit me – even when she’s rushing off the following day to Europe.  Or Asia.  I heart that she enjoys sitting in my apartment, chatting with me, and lets me bake.  Because I had lots of baking to do this weekend.

5.  I was a judge at Capital Cupcake Camp.  Yep.  That sure was fun.  Seriously… a lot of fun.  But my stomach hurts a little right now.  Ever heard of cupcake heartburn?  I have it.  Sigh.  Where you there?  Did YOU make it?  A room full of cupcakes is not to be missed.  But… just in case you did… I’ll be blogging about it soon enough.  So tune in.

Right now I’m taking a break from #6 on my list.  I’m taking my little breather writing to all of you.  Thanks for the breather.  This next one is what’s really getting me nervous.

6.  I’m baking baby cakes for Kate’s (head caterer @ the Whalesbone Oyster House – catering division) event tomorrow.  I’m still working on them.  40 baby cakes.  That doesn’t sound so bad right?  Except… fondant.  I am using fondant.  Rolling it out.  And trying not to screw up.  Expect a blog about those little cakes for sure.

Thanks for letting me regale you with my weekend.  Back to my butcher block I go.  Rolling pin in hand, fondant and buttercream at the ready.  This could be the beginning of a very long evening :0)

Ciao :0)

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adventures in promoting cupcake camp 2.0

The last two days have been all about… Capital Cupcake Camp.  That’s right… the final push to sell on the tickets (fyi – as of right now we have sold out of all tickets… amateur bakers, PRO bakers, tasters and volunteer spots) and get everyone excited about CUPCAKES.  And good causes :0)

I was asked to help out with some of the promotions… and by help, I mean… pipe frosting on cupcakes.  While on television!  No big deal right?  I mean… I get to hang out with Derick and TL once a month @ Ottawa Daytime, so I should be pretty comfortable with this right?  Except…

I am such an amateur piper.  It’s true!  Up until a few months ago, I stayed as far away from piping bags as possible.  Remember those wedding cupcakes Emily and I decorated?  Every single one of the cupcakes that I had decorated, I removed the frosting and had Emily “do over”.  Seriously (you can ask her).

And then at The Whalesbone when I was first asked to pipe brown butter… remember the mess?  Sigh.  I had to re-do my trays 3 times!!!!  That’s right folks… I’m an amateur frosting piper.  And I was asked to go on television and demonstrate to viewers how easy and simple a thing it is to do.

It was time to prepare… so I made a large batch of vanilla buttercream and piped just about anything in my kitchen.  Seriously.  My kitchen smelt of vanilla, butter and powdered sugar (yes… it smelt REALLY good).  And my gosh… I became… more comfortable with my piping bag and decorative tip.

First thing I learned:  beat the frosting as long as you like.  It only causes it to become super fluffy.  Very very good thing to learn.

Second thing I learned: use a large tip – I like the large star tip… it makes the frosting appear really swirly and pretty.  And you can even make rosettes if you want to.  Excellent.

Third thing I learned: the frosting can be removed, and it can be redone.  Nothing is permanent… so I’ve learned to just go with the flow.

And that my friends, is how I ended up at A-Channel on Thursday morning, promoting Capital Cupcake Camp with my new friend Jennifer Cross.  She had all the details down (tickets sold, location, participants, etc), and I was going to do a little hands-on demo with host Lianne Lang (Kurt Stoodley joined in the fun too).

Check it out … click right here.  How fun did that look?  Kurt totally impressed us all with his skill and talent.

And… look at how well I did!!!  My carrot cupcakes looked… beautiful.  Claps for me!

My favourite part of the entire experience… well Jenn taught everyone how to properly enjoy a cupcake… twist the bottom off the cake, place it atop the frosting and smoosh it… there you go… a cupcake sandwich!  No frosting all over your face… :0)

First promo done.  Time for my first ever radio “appearance”.  I joined Jenn from foodieprints fame at Ottawa’s EZ Rock Breakfast show with Viv and Neil.

SUPER FUN!

They decided that they were going to have a cupcake bake-off (I got to be the judge). Viv rose to the occasion… seriously.  She baked her FIRST EVER cupcake – vanilla cake, filled with peanut butter (so gooey, so yummy), and then topped with a chocolate buttercream frosting (and some hot pink piping… “EZ”)… it was AMAZING.  Super moist, super light, super delicious.  Two thumbs up from me… and from Jenn.

Neil’s contribution came from The Flour Shoppe.  Yep.  His homemade cupcakes were homemade by other people :0)  I have to say… the cupcakes were beautiful.  Lots of frosting atop perfect little cupcakes.

Awesome!  I mean… I got to eat cupcakes for breakfast! The winning cupcake was ridiculously delicious… Viv you’ve got talent lady!

Following my breakfast of champions (vanilla/peanut butter/chocolate cupcake), I headed over to Ottawa Daytime :0)

Time to meet up with Jenn Cross (confusing I know… two different Jenn’s – both super nice) and Derick.

Once again, Jenn talked up Cupcake Camp and I talked Derick through some piping.  This time we had my marble cupcakes to decorate (I mention this because I am super proud of these cupcakes… they are BEAUTIFUL.  And taste pretty darn good too!).

Success!  I um… can’t find the link to the show at this point… but it went well.  Really well! (Don’t worry… I’ll update this entry if I find the link).

I’m so… pleased with myself!  My adventures in promoting this event has taken me from being a little frightened of frosting my cupcakes to showing viewers how to do it.  I swear… if I can get this comfortable, anyone can do this.  I promise.

See y’all tomorrow!  Capital Cupcake camphere I come!

wordless wednesday: Capital CupcakeCamp 2.0

authors note:  This entry is totally and completely not wordless.  Sorry folks… I’m just WAY TOO EXCITED about this… so here goes.

It’s that time of year again.  That’s right!  Last year’s inaugural Capital CupcakeCamp was such a successful fundraising event (over $2000 raised for Ottawa-based non-profit organization Women Alive / Femme Active Program).

Well… it’s back.

THIS SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 – join me for the 2nd annual Capital Cupcake Camp.

The organizers have amped up the event – a larger venue, more cupcakes… and more people.  That’s right… I’m talking to YOU.  You should come.  If you’re on the fence… well check out last years pictures. Awesome eh?

This year the proceeds will be shared between Women Alive / Femme Active Program and the Youth Services Bureau.

I guess you need to know how this works right?

Ok.

Event-wise, bakers bring 24 cupcakes of any one flavour to Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue West) at 11:30 am.  There, they will be put on display for tasters who will arrive at 1 pm (that’s right… YOU show up at 1 pm).  Tasters will roam around the City Atrium and trade in tickets for cupcakes.  Bakers will have the opportunity to address the crowd.  Competitive bakers can enter cupcakes in a contest that will be judged by celebrity Ottawa judges (that would include me!!!).

For the contest, there is a PRO Category.  If you make money from your food creations (cupcakes or otherwise), organizers ask you register as a PRO.  PRO winners have the right to use the “2010 Winner” logo.  How cool is that?

If you think you’re too late to enter… You’re NOT!!!

Registration is open – for bakers (amateur and professional bakers) and for tasters.  You can purchase your tickets via eventbrite.  You should do that… right now.

CONTEST CATEGORIES:

  • Most Amazingly Decorated
  • Best Filling in a Cupcake
  • Best Vegan
  • Tastiest Twist on a Traditional
  • Best Savoury Cupcake

PRO CONTEST CATEGORIES:

  • Best Overall
  • Best Decorated
  • Most Original

THE JUDGES:

The event will be hosted by China Doll of Shanghai Restaurant (651 Somerset Street W.)

Amateur baker tickets are $5/ each and come with 4 complementary tasting tickets.  PRO baker tickets are $20 / each and also come with 4 complementary tasting tickets.

Tasting tickets are $10 (as a girl who has been cupcake crawling… 10$ for 4 cupcakes is a pretty sweet deal!)

Tasters will exchange their eventbrite ticket for 4 cupcake tickets, which entitles them to a minimum of 4 cupcakes.  Guess what… if you don’t feel like gorging yourself with 4 cupcakes in one sitting, bring a box or Tupperware that fits 4 cupcakes for takeaway.  Brilliant!

Milk and coffee will be served.  Milk was graciously donated by Cochrane’s Dairy and the Flour Shoppe (617 Bank Street).  Coffee was graciously donated by Ten Thousand Villages.

Come on… I know that you heart this idea!  What better way to spend Sunday afternoon?  And it’s for two great causes.  Let’s make this years Capital Cupcake Camp even better than last years.

Particulars:

  • To register as a baker or taster, click here for the eventbrite site.
  • For the media release, click here
  • To get the latest on Capital Cupcake Camp follow @capitalcupcake on Twitter or join the Capital CupcakeCamp Facebook Group

Oh… and in anticipation of Sunday’s event… Check out the following:

  • Thursday, September 23 @ 9:40 am on Ottawa’s A-Channel “A-Morning” – I’ll be doing a little decorating demo while Jenn Cross fills you in on all the excitement!
  • Friday, September 24 @ 8 am on Ottawa’s EZ Rock99.7 FM radio – I’ll be joining Jenn Lim (of foodieprints fame) – the crew is getting ready for some baking fun!
  • Friday, September 24 @ 11 am on Ottawa’s Roger’s Cable Channel 22 – “Ottawa Daytime” – Derick, TL and I will be decorating some cupcakes!